Prime Minister's XIII

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Prime Minister's XIII
Team information
Governing body Australian Rugby League
Head coach Mal Meninga
Captain Daly Cherry-Evans
Most caps Robbie Farah
Aaron Woods (5)
Top try-scorer Jarryd Hayne (6)
Top point-scorer Jarryd Hayne (24)
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First international
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 0–34 Australia Australian PM's XIII
(Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; 18 September 2005)
Biggest win
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 0–58 Australia Australian PM's XIII
(National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; 24 September 2016)

Prime Minister's XIII, or sometimes informally referred to as the PM's XIII, is the name of a representative rugby league team, comprising Australian players from National Rugby League clubs that did not qualify for the NRL Finals, or whose teams were knocked out during the first two weeks of the finals. The team is selected to play an annual fixture against PNG Prime Minister's XIII in Papua New Guinea in the final weeks of the rugby league season.

History[edit]

The Prime Minister's XIII first played against Papua New Guinea in 2005 at Lloyd Robson Oval in the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby. The team was coached in that match by former Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga, who coached the side until 2012. New South Wales State of Origin coach Laurie Daley then took over from 2013-2014 with Ivan Cleary coaching the team in 2015. Meninga, appointed Australian test coach in 2016 also re-took the reins that year.

Originally played in Port Moresby, in recent years the games have been held in various locations around Papua New Guinea, including Lae and Kokopo. Unlike regular international matches, each team is allowed a five-man bench and given unlimited interchanges throughout the match.

Because the selected Australian players are not participating in the NRL finals (and are part of the Australian Test 'train-on' squad), the match is primarily used to keep potential international players match fit ahead of any end-of-season international fixtures. As the match has been played later in September, players who play for a team that has been knocked out in the first two weeks of the finals have been able to be selected for the side.

The match is also used to promote rugby league, as well as humanitarian causes such as HIV and AIDS awareness,[1] among the Papua New Guinean community.

The PM's XIII has never lost a match against Papua New Guinea since the annual fixture commenced, but was held to a 24–24 draw in 2007, after leading 20–0 at half time.

Results[edit]

2005[edit]

18 September 2005
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 0 – 34 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Report Tries
2 Ryan Cross
1 Braith Anasta
1 Brett Finch
1 Kurt Gidley
1 Luke Priddis
Goals
1 Clinton Schifcofske
1 Kurt Gidley
1 Luke Ricketson
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Shayne Hayne Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2005 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2006[edit]

30 September 2006
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 8 – 28 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Tom O'Reilly 2
Report Tries
2 Jarryd Hayne
1 Nathan Merritt
1 Steve Price
1 Brett Stewart
1 Trent Waterhouse
Goals
2 Matt Orford
Prime Minister's XIII
2006 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2007[edit]

23 September 2007
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 24 – 24 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Nigel Hukula 1
Jessie Joe Nandye 1
Keith Peters 1
Menzie Yere 1
Goals
Gimapau Keimelo 4
Report Tries
2 Chris Lawrence
2 Joel Monaghan
1 Luke Douglas
Goals
2 Kurt Gidley
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Gavin Badger Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2007 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2008[edit]

28 September 2008
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 30 – 54 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Stanley Gene 2
Menzie Yere 2
Nickson Kolo 1
Junior Ropra 1
Goals
Tu'u Maori 3
Report Tries
2 Jarryd Hayne
2 Chris Lawrence
1 Robbie Farah
1 Nathan Hindmarsh
1 Michael Jennings
1 Josh Morris
1 Joe Picker
1 Carl Webb
Goals
6 Scott Prince
1 Terry Campese
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Bernard Sutton Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2008 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2009[edit]

27 September 2009
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 18 – 42 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Tommy Butterfield 1
Seigfried Gande 1
Jessie Joe Nandye 1
Goals
Glen Nami 3/3
Report Tries
3 Michael Jennings
1 George Rose
1 Matthew Scott
1 David Shillington
1 Glenn Stewart
Goals
7/7 Johnathan Thurston
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Brett Suttor Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2009 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2010[edit]

26 September 2010
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 18 – 30 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Nickson Kolo 2
Glen Nami 1
Goals
Ryan Tongia 3
Report Tries
1 Luke Douglas
1 Chris Sandow
1 Ben Smith
1 Kade Snowden
1 Willie Tonga
1 Akuila Uate
Goals
2 Corey Parker
1 James Maloney
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,856
Referee: Tony De Las Heras Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2010 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2011[edit]

25 September 2011
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 22 – 36 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Josiah Abavu 1
Dion Aiye 1
Jessie Joe Nandye 1
Ray Thompson 1
Goals
Glen Nami 3
Report Tries
2 Blake Ferguson
2 Josh Morris
1 Luke Burt
1 Nathan Merritt
Goals
3 Luke Burt
1 Matthew Bowen
1 Michael Crocker
1 Nathan Hindmarsh
Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, Lae
Attendance: 16,528
Referee: Adam Devcich Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2011 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2012[edit]

23 September 2012
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 18 – 24 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Richard Kambo 1
David Loko 1
Albert Patak 1
Matthew Puke 1
Goals
Israel Eliab 1/4
Report Tries
1 Michael Jennings
1 Feleti Mateo
1 Beau Ryan
1 Akuila Uate
Goals
4/4 Scott Prince
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Phil Haines Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2012 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2013[edit]

29 September 2013
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 10 – 50 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Josiah Abavu 1
Israel Eliab 1
Goals
Sebastian Pandia 1
Report Tries
2 Jarryd Hayne
1 Kevin Gordon
1 Brett Morris
1 Josh Papalii
1 Aidan Sezer
1 David Shillington
1 James Tamou
1 Brent Tate
Goals
6 Aidan Sezer
1 Corey Parker
Kalabond Oval, Kokopo
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Gavin Morris Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2013 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2014[edit]

12 October 2014
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 16 – 34 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Thompson Teteh 2
Israel Eliab 1
Goals
Noel Zeming 2
Report Tries
2 Aaron Woods
1 Will Chambers
1 Josh Mansour
1 Anthony Milford
1 Beau Scott
Goals
3 Ben Hunt
2 Matt Moylan
Kalabond Oval, Kokopo
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Grant Atkins Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2014 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2015[edit]

26 September 2015
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 12 – 40 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries
Watson Boas 1
Justin Olam 1
Goals
David Missian 2
Report Tries
2 David Nofoaluma
1 Euan Aitken
1 Jarrod Croker
1 Alex Johnston
1 Jeremy Latimore
1 Chris McQueen
1 Jack Wighton
Goals
2 Jarrod Croker
2 Adam Reynolds
Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby
Attendance: 18,113
Referee: Gavin Reynolds Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2015 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2016[edit]

24 September 2016
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 0 – 58 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Report Tries:
3 Mitchell Moses
2 Josh Dugan
2 Blake Ferguson
2 Greg Inglis
1 Moses Mbye
1 Semi Radradra
Goals:
4 Matt Moylan
3 Mitchell Moses
National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
Attendance: 15,011
Referee: David Munro Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2016 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2017[edit]

23 September 2017
PNG PM's XIII Papua New Guinea 8 – 48 Australia Australian PM's XIII
Tries:
Stanford Talita 1
Goals:
Jason Missian 2/2
Report Tries:
3 Tom Trbojevic
3 James Tedesco
1 Tyson Frizell
1 James Maloney
Goals:
6/6 James Maloney
1/1 Andrew Fifita
1/1 Valentine Holmes
Prime Minister's XIII
2017 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2018[edit]

6 October 2018
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 18 – 34 Australian colours.svg Australian PM's XIII
Tries:
Kyle Laybutt 1
Rhyse Martin 1
Justin Olam 1
Goals:
Rhyse Martin 3/3
1st: 6 – 24
2nd: 12 – 10
Report
Tries:
2 Daly Cherry-Evans
1 Corey Allan
1 Nick Cotric
1 Chad Townsend
1 Jake Trbojevic
Goals:
5/6 Zac Lomax
National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
Attendance: 14,007
Referee: Chris Sutton Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2018 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


Players[edit]

Captains[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Mal Meninga, current coach of the Prime Minister's XIII.

Records[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League players spread HIV message in PNG". The Sydney Morning Herald, AAP. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012.